Dear Editor:

I made a presentation to the Johnson County Commissioners at their April 2, 2019, meeting. I discussed their lack of using Optional One Percent Sales Tax moneys. They are proposing expending $900,000 for the coming fiscal year.  That is the amount that is estimated to be collected for the next fiscal year. The One Percent Fund at February 28, 2019, had nearly $1,700,000 in it.  At June 30, 2014, the Fund had over $2,600,000 in it, and the Fund accumulated another $2,130, 000 in unspent income through Feb. 29, 2019.  The Commissioners are not anticipating spending any of this money. During the year ended June 30, 2018, the Commissioners actually transferred $3,090,639 from the One Percent Fund to the County’s General Fund to reduce the accumulated One Percent Fund cash balance. If the County needed this money for its operations, that might be appropriate. But as of June 30, 2018, the County had over $35,000,000 in unrestricted money available for operations. No need existed for making a transfer out of the One Percent Fund, except to deprive the community of the opportunity to request use of the funds. The only explanation for the transfer that was given at the meeting was that the Commissioners could legally make the transfer. They provided no other reason. If not for this transfer, the One Percent Fund would have over $4,700,000 in it.  I believe the one percent sales tax that the community assesses is to be utilized, not accumulated. This is not pocket change for Johnson County. I am certain that viable projects exist that could benefit from the use of some of this money. Tell your money. Tell your county commissioners how you feel about this situation.

Bill Dooley

Buffalo

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